Kerry County Council paid out over €3 million to plant hire and haulage contractors last year.
Clancy Plant Hire Ltd, Moyvane was the biggest beneficiary, followed by Sandmore Ltd, Camp, then Healy-Rae Plant Hire Ltd, Kilgarvan.
The details were revealed in response to a motion from Cllr Brendan Cronin.
The hire of plant and machinery for Kerry County Council is procured through the Dynamic Purchasing System for Local Authorities, and when council contractors need to hire an item of plant, a mini-competition is created through supplygov.ie.
Clancy Plant Hire, Moyvane was the biggest beneficiary during 2018, having being paid €260,302 in contracts from Kerry County Council.
Sandmore Ltd, Camp Cross was second on the list, taking in €198,290.50 in contracts from the council.
Healy-Rae Plant Hire, Kilgarvan was third on the list, taking in €196,514.21 in contracts from the council.
Mike Cronin and Sons Ltd, Currow was fourth on the list at €194,211.95; David Knightly Plant Hire, Annascaul €139,978.02; Dillons Waste Disposal, Tralee was next at €134,450.44.
O’Connor’s Hardware and Farm Supplies Ltd, Duagh is seventh on the list at €128,363.01; Eamonn and Seamus Hobbins Ltd, Coolroe, Killorglin, next €116,400.50.
All other contractors received payments of less than €100,000 during 2018.